Wayne stays alive in AA softball tournament
VIENNA - It was a mixed bag for Wayne in the Class AA state tournament.
The Pioneers, who were making their first appearance since 1994, opened with a 6-0 shutout over Shady Spring but then dropped a 3-0 decision to defending state champion Ritchie County in their second game.
Wayne drops into today's elimination game at 9:30 a.m., when it will face Keyser, which put Shady out with a 4-1 win. The Golden Tornado earned its first win at states.
"I feel real good,'' said Wayne coach Tish Smith. "We'll be fine. All in all, I think [the players] are real excited.
"This morning they played very well. We were lucky to get all of our girls in [the game] against Shady. It was a long wait between games. They were ready to go right then. If we would have played right then it might have been a different outcome.''
Ritchie finished the opening day of the tournament with two wins and moves into the championship round at 2 p.m. seeking its first back-to-back titles.
In Class AAA, John Marshall, which entered states as one of only two teams with more than 30 wins, lived up to its billing. The Monarchs, who won their only title in 1988 under the one-class system, earned two victories to advance to the championship round at 2:30 p.m. today. John Marshall pummeled Robert C. Byrd 10-3 in the opener then held on against Parkersburg South for a 5-4 win.
Logan, which claimed titles in 2001, 2002 and 2006, opened with an 8-3 loss to South but rebounded with an 8-0 shellacking of RCB to stay alive. The Wildcats will take on South at 10 a.m. today in an elimination game.
"We were really down in the first couple of innings and then something just happened,'' said Logan senior Morgan Aguirre of finally coming around against RCB. "Thank God it did.
"We needed it. We needed everybody to step up hitting and a lot of people did. I have a good feeling. We always take the hard way and we're taking the hard way. Hopefully, we'll come out on top.''
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